bands/musicians The Best Alternative Metal Bands  

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List Rules The bands on this list are ones played on alt rock stations

Different from other genres of heavy metal, alternative metal provides exactly what it's title describes: an alternative to traditional or classic metal bands. Fusing elements of classic rock with heavy metal, alt metal rose to prominence in the 1990s when bands with heavy riffs, a reliance on melody and a willingness to experiment with traditional metal song structures became popular. For a while, alternative metal bands were among the most popular bands in the world. The best alternative metal bands remain among the biggest bands bands in the world, and easily some of the best metal bands. Among alternative metal bands, these are the best

So, what is the best alternative metal band. Any alt metal bands list has to include metal bands like System of a Down, White Zombie, Faith No More, Tool and Korn. These alternative metal bands are among the top in the genre and are considered pioneers for helping popularize alt metal, in particular Korn with their Family Values Tour. While some may bleed over into nu-metal, that shouldn't effect their standing as one of the top alt metal bands. This should include all good alternative metal bands.

That said, it's up to you to decide what alternative metal bands should be considered the best. If you notice any alt metal band isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular alternative metal bands that you might've heard of. (91 items)
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393 213
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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2
385 173
Tool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

3
299 172
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

4
292 140
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

5
299 170
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

6
169 125
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Faith No More Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
182 84
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

8
282 161
Korn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

9
228 130
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Deftones Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
274 135
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

11
168 121
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
A Perfect Circle Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

12
193 153
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
MFinnie added Avenged Sevenfold Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

13
246 131
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Disturbed Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

14
261 204
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

15
105 44
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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16
125 40
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

17
225 122
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

18
204 153
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Breaking Benjamin Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

19
205 162
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Three Days Grace Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
183 109
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

21
95 60
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

22
137 132
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

23
132 83
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
White Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

24
141 120
Seether is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Seether Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

25
163 148
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

26
158 118
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Chevelle Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

27
118 109
Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Mudvayne Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

28
121 130
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Papa Roach Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

29
57 32
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ElijahKaganer added Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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30
48 25
Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Stone Sour Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

31
53 63
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
kobra234 added Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

32
88 88
Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Drowning Pool Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

33
74 73
Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Sevendust Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

34
54 50
Primus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

35
48 41
Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Serj Tankian Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

36
86 90
P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
P.O.D. Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

37
30 41
Dope is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Dope Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

38
92 99
Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Shinedown Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

39
39 80
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

40
58 60
Helmet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Helmet Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

41
49 100
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Finger Eleven Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

42
88 58
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Type O Negative Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

43
20 14
Jerry Cantrell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Jerry Cantrell Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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44
101 73
Volbeat is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Volbeat Horror punk, Nu metal, Psychobilly

45
70 43
Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
EyeinThe-sky added Audioslave Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

46
108 81
Staind is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Staind Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

47
94 70
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

48
74 53
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Danzig Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

49
60 79
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

50
78 59
Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Puddle of Mudd Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge